Does FF14 force players to craft...
As a 26 Conjurer I can grind for several hours, but then my Willow Wand needs to be repaired. I can either pay 11k+ gil to have it repaired to 75% by an NPC, or I can pay 1996 gil for mats and repair it to 100% by myself (level 12 Carpentry required).
And the cost of repairs increases with weapon level.
Even if you hate crafting, at some point you will probably start to feel like it's actually a bigger hassle to keep paying the NPC repair price than to level crafting to the point where you can repair everything yourself.
The good news is that you might enjoy crafting more than you think you will (I certainly did), and with local leves you can essentially skill up for "free" (all materials supplied by npcs).